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Euro 2020 to be staged in many cities

 
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UEFA will stage the Euro 2020 tournament in a number of cities across the continent, European football's governing body has announced.

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The decision was announced following a meeting of UEFA's executive committee in Lausanne on Thursday.

UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino told a press conference after the meeting: "Some important decisions have been taken.

"UEFA Euro 2020 will be staged across the continent, in various major cities, following a decision taken today. A Euro for Europe follows an initial idea by UEFA president Michel Platini.

"The response has been extremely positive from all the national associations."

The format and number of host cities that will be involved in the tournament, which will feature 24 teams, will be decided by UEFA's national teams committee with the bidding process to begin in March.

A final announcement is expected in the spring of 2014 with the Football Association having already put Wembley forward as a possible venue for the final.

Turkey had initially bid to host Euro 2020 and the nation's representative, Senes Erzik, opposed the decision.

UEFA also announced that the 2013/14 European women's under-17 tournament will be hosted in England.

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